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October 2023 Scrap Car Price Trends and Top Models

In October 2023, the average scrap car price witnessed a decline to £270, marking the sixth consecutive month of diminishing values. Despite a 2% reduction compared to September, amounting to a £6 drop, there’s an opportunity for car owners to maximise their returns. The average age of scrapped cars in October stood at 16 years, according to Car Take Back.


October 2023 Scrap Car Price Trends and Top Models p
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Top Cars Scrapped in October

Among the frequently scrapped cars, the Ford Focus led the list, experiencing a 10% decrease from £311 to £297. Notably, the Ford Fiesta defied the trend, recording a substantial 10% increase, reaching an average scrap value of £282 in October. This surge translates to an additional £25 for Ford Fiesta owners.

Monthly Changes in Scrap Car Values

Ford Focus: £311 (September) → £297 (October) -10%

Vauxhall Corsa: £242 (September) → £234 (October) -3%

Ford Fiesta: £257 (September) → £282 (October) 10%

Vauxhall Astra: £271 (September) → £256 (October) -6%

Vauxhall Zafira: £325 (September) → £316 (October) -3%

This comprehensive report provides a detailed overview of the evolving scrap car landscape, offering valuable insights for car owners and industry observers alike.

About the CarTakeBack Scrap Car Price Index

The CarTakeBack Scrap Car Price Index is a dynamic monthly indicator spanning the last 13 months. It’s regularly updated using scrap car prices from CarTakeBack recycling centres across the UK. Considering the diverse factors influencing scrap values, such as demand for metal and reusable parts, make, model, age, weight, condition, and location, the index provides valuable insights into the fluctuating value of scrap cars.



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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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